When a Pokémon with Synchronize is burned, paralyzed, or poisoned by another Pokémon, that Pokémon will be inflicted with the same status condition. Synchronize will not inflict sleep or freeze.
Synchronize will have no effect if the opponent has a type, Ability, or team condition (e.g. Safeguard) that prevents it from being burned, paralyzed, or poisoned. However, Synchronize does affect an opponent behind a substitute. In these instances, Synchronize will still be revealed as the Pokémon's ability, but it will be stated that Synchronize had no effect on the opponent.
If a Pokémon with Synchronize has a Berry that cures the status condition it was just inflicted with, Synchronize will activate before the Berry is eaten.
Generation III to IV
When a Pokémon with Synchronize is badly poisoned by another Pokémon, that Pokémon will be inflicted with the regular poison condition.
If Psycho Shift is used by a burned, paralyzed, or poisoned Pokémon targeting a Pokémon with Synchronize, Synchronize activates after Psycho Shift cures the user of its status condition. Therefore, Synchronize will inflict the status condition anew in such a case.
Toxic Spikes do not activate this Ability unless a Pokémon on the field directly causes a Pokémon with Synchronize to switch in, such as by using the moves Roar or Whirlwind.
Generation V and VI
When a Pokémon with Synchronize is badly poisoned by another Pokémon, that Pokémon will now be inflicted with the bad poison condition, rather than the regular poison condition.
If Psycho Shift is used by a burned, paralyzed, poisoned, or badly poisoned Pokémon targeting a Pokémon with Synchronize, Synchronize now activates before Psycho Shift cures the user of its status condition. Therefore, Synchronize will fail to inflict the status condition anew in such a case.
Toxic Spikes do not activate this Ability, even if another Pokémon forced the Pokémon with this Ability to switch in by using a move like Roar or Dragon Tail.
Outside of battle
From Pokémon Emerald onwards, if a Pokémon with this Ability is leading the party (even if fainted), there is a 50% chance that wild Pokémon encountered will have the same Nature as the Pokémon with Synchronize. Starting in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, this also applies to gift Pokémon (except Pokémon obtained via Mystery Gift) in the Undiscovered Egg Group but with a 100% chance.
This does not apply to roaming Pokémon. In Emerald, it does not apply to stationary Pokémon, such as Regirock or Rayquaza.
The Ability does not apply when a Pokémon with Synchronize is strolling in the Pokéwalker or when capturing Pokémon from the Entree Forest.
Pokémon with Synchronize
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
| The user inflicts its status condition on the opponent.
|| First Chapter Used In
|| When Kirlia is inflicted with a status condition, the same status condition appears on the opponent's body.
| Ruby's Rara
|| Cunning Kirlia
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